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Missouri Family E-News

November 1, 2011

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Illinois Christian School Hit By "Hate Crime"



A Christian school in Illinois  

claims to be the target of a "hate crime" after vandals threw bricks through the school's windows and glass entry doors.


The incident occurred at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  The bricks included hateful and threatening messages from homosexual activists.


The school was targeted because it was hosting a banquet honoring pro-family activist Dr. Scott Lively.  The banquet was sponsored by the group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH).


A note attached to one of the bricks contained the words:  "This is just a sample of what we will do if you don't shut down Scott Lively and AFTAH."  The message also included other profane epithets.


A Chicago-based group called the Chicago Independent Media Center claimed credit for the incident.  The group placed a post on their website stating:  "These chunks of concrete were thrown through these windows and doors for two reasons:  to show that there is a consequence for hatred and homophobia in our community and to directly cause this event to be shut down."


The posting went further:  "If this event is not shut down, and the homophobic training days do not end, the Christian Liberty Academy will continue to be under constant attack."


Peter LaBarbera, President of AFTAH, called the violence a clear act of terrorism.  "Some in the media are calling this terrorist act vandalism, which we doubt they would do if the situation was reversed, and right-wing extremists threw two large bricks through the glass doors of a gay church.  As conservatives, we opposed the concept of 'hate crimes,' but since hate crimes laws are on the books they must be enforced even-handedly."


LaBarbera says the incident should be a call to action for the Christian community.  "This shows who the real haters are.  We can't sit idly by while these groups are whipping up hate against Christians.  We have to get involved.  If we just go to church and nobody does anything or says anything it just encourages more of this kind of action against believers."                


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Employees of Abortion Clinic Enter Guilty Pleas



Two employees of a late-term abortion clinic in Philadelphia have plead guilty to crimes involving the murder of preborn children.  The two women were employees at the Family Medical Society facility operated by Kermit Gosnell.  That clinic has been described by authorities as "house of horrors" and a "human slaughterhouse."


LifeNews reports that Adrienne Moton was charged by federal prosecutors with murder, conspiracy, racketeering, and corruption in relation to the death of a viable unborn child aborted at Gosnell's clinic.  Moton was administering anesthesia to women undergoing abortions despite the fact she had no medical credentials to do so.


Sherry West has also plead guilty in relation to the death of Karnamaya Mongar, who died at Gosnell's clinic after a botched abortion.  West had faced third-degree murder charges in Mongar's death.  Mongar had reportedly been given excessive amounts of Demerol, which sent her into a fatal cardiac arrest.


Gosnell is awaiting trial on eight counts of murder involving Mongar's death and that of seven infants who were killed after being born alive.  Gosnell, who has no obstetrical training, delivered preborn children in the sixth, seventh, and eighth months of pregnancy, and then killed the infants by slicing into the back of their necks with scissors and severing their spinal cords.


A grand jury report revealed a ghastly setting at the Philadelphia abortion clinic, which had not been inspected by the state of Philadelphia for years.  Fetal remains were found in milk jugs and cat-food containers, and the severed feet of aborted children were found in jars lining several shelves.  The clinic premises included bloody floors, blood-stained furniture, and reeked of urine.


Gosnell continued to practice despite the fact that he had been the subject of 46 malpractice lawsuits, many of them involving cases where he perforated women's uteruses or bowels, or where he failed to remove all the body parts of an aborted child.  The grand jury report states that Gosnell also passed venereal diseases from patient to patient through the use of bloody and unsterilized instruments.


Gosnell's clinic was located in an impoverished neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Media reports suggest that many of the abortions were performed on minorities, immigrants, and poor women.   Estimates are that Gosnell generated more than $1.8 million a year from his late-term abortuary.            


Missouri Attorney Pushes Public Display  of National Motto

A Springfield, Missouri attorney is spearheading a statewide campaign to restore respect for "In God We Trust" as our national motto.  Dee Wampler is leading an effort to convince county commissions and in god we trust 3municipal governments to post copies of the national motto on county courthouse walls and in city halls. 

The campaign to establish a visible acknowledgement of our nation's religious heritage began as a grassroots effort in California.  Wampler has succeeded in convincing 14 counties and 35 cities in Missouri to either post a public display of the national motto or pass an "In God We Trust" resolution.  Most of the counties and cities who have signed on so far are located in the southwest corner of the state.

church and state 2"Our goal is to reaffirm our nation's history, culture, and tradition,"  Wampler says.  "Our national motto is displayed in Congress and is a matter of federal law and statute.  It is contained in dozens of national monuments and thousands of state monuments throughout our nation.  It is etched on every single coin and bill in our pockets.  It belongs on the wall of every local courthouse as well."

The resolutions adopted by Missouri cities and counties documents the history of our nation's establishment of our national motto.  The words "In God We Trust" first appeared in a stanza of the national anthem composed by Francis Scott Key in 1814.  The U.S. Congress acted in 1955 to require that the words be inscribed on all coin and paper currency.  In 1956 Congress voted to formally declare "In God We Trust" as the national motto.

Wampler points out that our nation's religious foundation is long established and long revered.  "Presidents Washington, Lincoln, and nearly every other President has repeated the phrase in speeches, letters, and prayers.  The Ten Commandments are posted in the U.S. Supreme Court chambers directly above where the Supreme Court justices sit.  The words 'In God We Trust' are engraved on the wall above the speaker's dais in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives.   It's time we do the same thing here at home."

To date, the counties of Camden, Crawford, Christian, Cole, Greene, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Scott, Stone, Taney, Texas, and Webster have agreed to post the national motto.  The following cities and town have acted to pass resolutions or to publicly display the national motto: Adrian, Anderson, Ash Grove, Benton, Billings, Branson, Bolivar, Buffalo, Butler, Cabool, Camdenton, Clever, Crane, Fair Grove, Hartville, Hermitage, Humansville, Jefferson City, Joplin, Lebanon, Licking, Mansfield, Marshfield, Marble Hill, Monett, Mountain Grove, Osceola, Ozark, Republic, Salem, Sikeston, Stockton, Strafford, and West Plains.

Wampler has long been an outspoken religious liberty proponent.  He is the author of a book entitled "The Myth of Separation of Church and State."  The defense lawyer has also penned the book "The Trial of Christ:  a 20th Century Lawyer Defends Jesus."

"We have, in the past 200 years, adopted a Judaeo-Christian concept of welcoming all peoples and religions," Wampler says.  "We have learned not to speak at one another,  but with one another.  We have made our nation a neighborhood, but unfortunately not yet a brotherhood.  Our national motto reminds us of  our common heritage."

To those who believe his campaign is an imposition of religious values, Wampler responds:  "We pledge allegiance to the United States, and when foreign folks come to our nation and take the sworn oath of citizenship, they should respect our national traditions, culture, and history,  just as we respect theirs when we visit abroad."

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal challenging the constitutionality of the national motto.  Atheist activist Michael Newdow had argued that the inscription of the words "In God We Trust" on American currency amounted to the establishment of religion.  He contended that imprinting the motto on money forced him to be an "unwilling bearer of a religious message."  The High Court declined to review the case without comment.

Newdow's lawsuit had even been dismissed by the liberal Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  The judges of the Ninth Circuit concluded that the national motto has "a patriotic and ceremonial character," and that the words "In God We Trust" have "no theological or ritualistic impact."

Newdow has also filed continuing lawsuits against the use of the words "One Nation Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.  He also tried to block the inclusion of an invocation during the inauguration of President Barack Obama. 

If your county or community is not listed above among those who have joined the statewide national motto campaign, we encourage you talk to your mayor or county commissioners about doing so.  You can gain assistance in the effort by contacting Wampler at his e-mail address at, or by calling his Springfield office at (417) 882-9300. 


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